CFHS code : HS17

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM BUTCHER d Oct 25 1913 age 65 also ELIZA wife of the above d Nov 29 1930 age 75 In Loving Memory of MARY ANN ELLIS BUTCHER d December 21 1897 age 20 also JESSIE sister of the above d Aug 28 1899 age 20 Interred at Davos Platz Switzerland also AMY d August 10 1904 aged 24 Interred at Willesboro Kent

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202374, 0.13746005 – click here for location

Butcher cross



William Butcher (1848 – 25 October 1913)

William was born in Oxford and  was the son of baker William and Mary Ann (née Matthias). William (snr) died in 1857, and Mary in 1858 and William was then taken in by fellow Oxford baker John Keeley (1861). In 1871 he was boarding at 24 New Square and working as a photographer.  William married Lillie Ellis on 7 August 1876 at St. Edward’s Church and they had four children: Mary Ann Ellis (1877-1897), Jessie (1878-1899), Julia Amy (1880-1904) and William Ellis (1883-1961). He worked as a

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photographer’s assistant and later as a photographer and the family lived at 77 Norwich Street (1881/1891) then 13 Bridge Street (at least 1897 onwards). William died at Bridge Street aged 65 years old.

Eliza (Lillie) Butcher  (née Ellis) (1855 – 29 November 1930)

Lillie was the daughter of William and Mary Ann (née Pharoe) and grew up at St. Edward’s Passage where her father was a painter and glazier. After she was widowed she moved to live at Portugal Street and died at the Brunswick Nursing Home, Brunswick Walk aged 75 years old.

Mary Ann Ellis Butcher (1877 – 21 December 1897)

Mary was the eldest child of William and Lillie Butcher. She attended Park Street Higher Grade School and in 1890 was awarded a class prize for physiography at the annual Speech Day.  She later trained to be a teacher at Park Street school and was awarded a prize in September 1892. She died at Bridge Street aged 20.

Jessie Butcher (1878 – 28 August 1899)

Jessie also attended Park Street Higher Grade School and in October 1889 won a Trinity College scholarship to the Perse Girls’ School. She seems to have been an exceptional student and at the prize day of 1894 was mentioned for her excellence in arithmetic, algebra, euclid, latin and french. No records of her death have been found, nor why she came to be in Switzerland aged 20.

Julia Amy  (Amy) Gibbons (née Butcher)  (1880 – 10 August  1904)

Amy trained to be a teacher at St. Paul’s School and was awarded  1st Class in her first and second year pupil teacher exams (1895/96).  She married schoolmaster Jesse Gibbons (1877-1961) on 19 October 1901 in Paston, Northamptonshire and they had two children: Stanley Clifford (1902-1992) and Vera Jessie (1903-1970). Stanley was born in Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire and Vera in Willesborough,near Ashford Kent. Amy died in Kent aged 24 and was buried there.

Jesse Gibbons moved to Frome, Somerset and lived with his mother and Vera (1911) whilst  Stanley went to live with  his maternal grandparents William and Lillie Butcher.  He married for a second time in April 1911 to Elsie Mary Padfield (1888-1955).



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